About Me

 
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Photo Credit: Sasikumar Balasundaram

Photo Credit: Sasikumar Balasundaram

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. My work analyses inherited inequality in the religious history of the South Asian, European, and American encounter. My dissertation, titled “Schooling the Master: Caste Supremacy and American Education in British Ceylon, 1796–1855,” charts the entwining of caste, nation, and gender in nineteenth-century American missionary boarding schools in Ceylon. Between 2016 and 2017, I spent fourteen months conducting dissertation research in Sri Lanka’s Jaffna Peninsula on a U.S. Fulbright award, during which time I also led two British Library-funded archive search and digitization programs (EAP835/EAP971). Prior to my fieldwork, I spent several years studying Tamil and Sinhala, including a year in Madurai, India. I hold a BA in the comparative history of ideas (University of Washington, 2010), MAs in religion and South Asian studies (both Columbia, 2015), and an MPhil in religion (Columbia, 2016). Originally from Seattle, I am currently writing my dissertation from Toronto, Canada.

My curriculum vitae can be downloaded here.